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Common Sense Rainbow is a site dedicated to debunking anti LGBT+ arguments as well as providing educational information on LGBT+ topics. We have cataloged many hateful arguments and myths and refuted them using logic and research. We also write articles on LGBT+ topics and link to useful LGBT+ resources. This website is good for anyone who wants to educate themselves, anyone who wants to better fight bigots, people on the fence about supporting the LGBT+ movement, or LGBT+ people who just want to read. Please share this site to maximize its impact.


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Scientific studies in support of LGBT+ stuff

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A list of major medical groups that support the right to transition

Can Conversion "Therapy" Change Sexual Orientation: The Data Says Probably Not

Why transition works


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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Parented Families A Literature Review prepared for The Australian Psychological Society

A study that reviewed the literature around same sex parenting found no negative affect on children


What does the scholarly research say about the effect of gender transition on transgender well-being?

A meta analysis of 55 studies on gender transition found that gender transition improves the mental health of transgender people. 51 of the 55 studies shows positive results while 4 of the 55 studies were inconclusive.


Arguments debunked

Homosexuality is unnatural
Homosexuality encourages bad acts
Same sex marriage is not traditional
Homosexuality is disgusting
Homosexuality is a mental disorder
Being transgender/non binary is a new trend
Gay people don't reproduce
Genesis 1:27 says there are only 2 genders
Sex and gender are the same thing
Giving bathroom rights to transgender people puts cisgender women in danger
LGBT+ education sexualizes kids
LGBT+ education brainwashes kids
Transition hurts people
Transgender people don't exist
There are only 2 genders
Biological sex matters more than gender
Why can't I be a attack helicopter
Why can't I be 60
LGBT+ people just want attention
Same sex marriage redefine marriage
Kids are too young to know they are LGB+
There is a "gay agenda"
Same sex marriage harms children
Inclusive language erases women
Rapid onset gender dysphoria
Using they/them is ungrammatical
There are too many labels
Lots of people de-transition
Gay people don't exist
People choose their sexuality
Leviticus 18:22 bans homosexuality
Being LGBT+ is against god's plan
Genesis 19 says homosexuality is a sin
Deuteronomy 22:5 ban transgender people from wearing gender affirming clothes
Deuteronomy 23:1 bans gender affirming surgery
Transgender people perpetuate gender stereotyping
Biological sex is completely unchangeable
Sex is only your only your chromosomes
People are defined by their AGAB
Romans 1:27 says homosexuality is unnatural
1 Corinthians 6:9 and 1 Timothy 1:9-10 bans homosexuality
LGBT+ get "special treatment"
TERF is a slur
Women/gay people become transgender to escape sexism/homophobia
Anti discrimination laws attack religious freedom
Transgender people choose to be trans
Same sex marriage attacks religious freedom
Asexuality does not exist / is not valid
Kids are too young to know they are transgender
Marriage is a holy christian union
Bisexual people are confused
Transgender people have autogynephilia
Pronouns refer to biology
Transgender people hurt the military
There are more important problems in the world to work on than LGBT+ rights
Kids are rushed into transition
Gay people molest child more than others
Conversion therapy works and/or does not harm people
Schools should out LGBT+ students in the name of parental rights


Homosexuality is unnatural

1. Saying homosexuality is unnatural is simply not true. It has been documented in over 450 species of mammals worldwide.
2. Even if homosexuality was unnatural this does not tell anything about it being bad. Many things people consider to be unnatural are good. For example modern medicine, housing, and computers. Also, many things people treat as natural are bad like getting killed by an animal, disease, and natural disasters.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mammals_displaying_homosexual_behavior
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexual_behavior_in_animals
https://books.google.com.ua/books?id=tmFJ1LhbVWcC
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Homosexuality - Non Religious

Homosexuality encourages bad acts

1. People say that accepting/being homosexual will lead to the acceptance/doing of other stuff like zoophilia or pedophilia. This is a slippery slope argument just because people do one thing does not mean people will start doing another thing.
2. The vast majority of LGBT+ people don't support pedophilia and zoophilia.
3. Why can't this argument be used against heterosexuality, the only big difference is The gender you are attracted to.
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Homosexuality - Non Religious

Same sex marriage is not traditional

1. This argument implies that the traditional definition of marriage (between a man and a woman) is inherently better. Just because something is old and has been done for a long time does not mean it's better. For example, slavery is an old "tradition" done in many old civilizations but it's not good.
2. Homosexual relationships were a tradition in some parts of the world along with other things like polygamy.
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Homosexuality - Non Religious

Homosexuality is disgusting

1. Just because a person thinks something is disgusting does not mean it's bad. People think some foods are disgusting but that does not mean the foods are bad for you or that they should be wiped from the face of the earth.
2. The only difference between homosexuality and heterosexuality is the gender someone likes. There is nothing to be disgusted about.
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Homosexuality - Non Religious

Homosexuality is a mental disorder

1. First of all the definition of a mental disorder states that it must cause harm to a person or impair their function. Homosexuality does not do this, gay people live their life normally apart from who they are attracted to.
2. Also homosexuality is not in the current version of the DSM, it was removed in the DSM3-R.
3. Even if homosexuality was a mental disorder why should people deny gay people rights? It would still be discrimination.
4. Also if it was a mental disorder why would this matter? A mental disorder is just a label and being homosexual does not reduce people's ability to function.
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https://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/mental+disorder
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexuality_in_DSM
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Homosexuality - Non Religious

Being transgender/non binary is a new trend

1. Some people like to say that being transgender or nonbinary is just a recent trend. This is wrong and transgender and nonbinary people have been found throughout history.
2. While it is true more people identify as transgender/nonbinary now then before this because of the LGBT+ movement helping people find themselves. We have written a article on why more people are LGBT+ see it here.
3. you could call it a "trend" it's better than the trend of being stuck with gender dysphoria with nothing to do about it.
4. Rapid onset gender dysphoria is baseless.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transgender_history
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Transgender - Non Binary - Non Religious

Gay people don't reproduce

1. Some people say this is a negative but it might be a plus. More babies contribute to overpopulation. Also Same sex couples often adopt children, and adoption is considered good. Also, same-sex parents adopting does not harm children.
2. Why is this a problem in the first place? Life and relationships are much more than just reproducing. ------
Homosexuality - Non Religious

Genesis 1:27 says there are only 2 genders

1. There are many ways this can be approached. First god makes everything on a spectrum. when god made day and night he also made the morning and evening. When god made the land and sea he also made beaches. So why can't god have made things in the middle?
2. Jumping off the last point intersex people exist. Showing god did make people in-between male and female they are even affirmed in Matthew 19:12.
3. Also this verse can be viewed as symbolism for the creation of humanity.
4. Also this verse refers to biological sex, not gender identity which is both different things.
5. Also god did not list everything he created so other stuff exists but was just not listed.
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http://www.bibleandhomosexuality.org/what-does-the-bible-say-about-transgender-people/
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Non Binary - Religious

Sex and gender are the same thing

1. Biological sex is the physical characteristics someone has while gender is the social rules and things attributed to gender identity. There is nothing in a boy's DNA that makes them like blue or nothing in a girl's DNA that makes them like pink. The colors attributed to gender were even reversed at one point.
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https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/difference-between-sex-and-gender/
https://www.healthline.com/health/sex-vs-gender/
https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2021/10/23/gender-toys-capitalism/
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Transgender - Non Religious

Giving bathroom rights to transgender people puts cisgender women in danger

We have written a longer article on this. Click here for more information on this topic.

1. Giving transgender people bathroom rights does not endanger cisgender women. There is no link between giving these rights and increased violence.
2. While there are one-off cases of transgender people attacking people in bathrooms you can't use the actions of individuals to attack a whole group.
3. Also discriminatory laws probably won't be too helpful. There is nothing stopping people from just violating these rules because people can still walk into bathrooms, a law won't physically stop them from using the other bathroom.
4. This is more of an issue for transgender people because going into the wrong bathroom makes them more likely to have hate crimes and violence perpetrated against them.
5. Transgender people going into the wrong bathroom would also be very bad for mental health.
6. These discriminatory laws are unenforceable. Would people need to pull down there pants or use an ID just to use their bathroom?
7. Giving bathroom rights to transgender people benefits them because it does not hurt cisgender people so there is a net gain for bathroom rights. This argument is just a mask for transphobic people to attack the existence of transgender people.
8. Saying transgender people can't use the right restroom because they might attack people is like saying gay people can't use the right restroom because they might attack people.
9. Many women's rights and anti sexual-assult groups sent a statement opposing bathroom bills. See the sources for this statement. ------
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13178-018-0335-z
https://transequality.org/what-experts-say
https://www.4vawa.org/ntf-action-alerts-and-news/2018/4/12/national-consensus-statement-of-anti-sexual-assault-and-domestic-violenc e-organizations-in-support-of-full-and-equal-access-for-the-transgender-community
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Transgender - Non Religious

LGBT+ education sexualizes kids

1. LGBT+ education does not need to talk about the ins and outs of sex. It mainly tells kids LGBT+ people exist and that's ok. You don't need to talk about sex to tell kids that 2 people of the same gender can be in a relationship.
2. Why can't this argument be used against straight relationships? People teach kids about these relationships from a young age directly or indirectly without talking about sex.
3. Acceptance of LGBT+ people in school and in general is positive for the mental health of LGBT+ kids. It also has been shown to suicide rates.
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https://www.thetrevorproject.org/survey-2022/
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General - Non Religious

LGBT+ education brainwashes kids

1. Some people say that LGBT+ education brainwashes kids into becoming LGBT+. LGBT+ education mainly tells kids that LGBT+ people exist and that's ok. It's not forcing kids to become LGBT+. You can't choose to be gay or trans (for trans you choice to transition but the cause for the transition was not a choice).
2. There is no motivation for schools to do this.
3. Education will lead to an increase of people who are out but this is because education helps kids find who they are. The kids were LGBT+ in the first place they just found who they were.
4. Acceptence of LGBT+ people in school and in general is positive for the mental health of LGBT+ kids. It also lowered suicide rates.
5. Sexual fluidity caused by enviromental factors is often small (1 point on the Kinsey scale) not someone being turned gay. This only matters if education counts as a factor which it's probably not. ------
https://www.thetrevorproject.org/survey-2022/
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1529100616637616
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General - Non Religious

Transition hurts people

See this page here for more info

1. Transition has been shown to better people's mental health in many studies. One meta-analysis found that, out of 55 studies, 51 concluded transition was effective, the other 4 showed inconclusive or mixed results but not negative.
2. Regret and detransition rates are low for transition, studies on average find that 97% of transgender people don't regret their transition.
Detransition is often not even caused by someone not being transgender, it's often caused by transphobia or social pressure.
3. While some studies claim to show transition is ineffective these studies are in the minority and often have flaws.
4. Many medical organizations support the fact that transition works.
5. While there are side effects, most experts agree that the benefits outway the harms. People are also closely monitored during treatment so treatment it can be altered or stopped if side effects present problems. Also, we don't ban anti-depressants because they can sometimes present side effects.
6. Before transitioning, people are screened by experts and will have time to make an informed decision.
7. The same medicine used in transition is used in other types of treatment with little controversy.
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https://www.gendergp.com/detransition-facts/
https://whatweknow.inequality.cornell.edu/topics/lgbt-equality/what-does-the-scholarly-research-say-about-the-well-being-of-transgender-people/
http://genderanalysis.net/2015/09/paul-mchugh-is-wrong-transitioning-is-effective-gender-analysis-10/
https://csrainbow.neocities.org/resources/medical.html
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Transgender - Non Religious

Transgender people don't exist

1. Gender is not determined by biological sex. It does not take it to account that gender is a social construct therefore more nebulous than sex and it's not useful in day to day life. It also does not determine how people see you in public. That leaves us with performativity and gender identity. Both are better ideas.
2. If someone identifies as a gender presents as a gender, and everyone knows them as that gender then they might as well be that gender. This is useful compared to using biological sex. Transgender people are not the gender of their biological sex in any useful way outside of the bedroom or doctor's office, especially after the medical transition.
3. Gender identity exists. The medical community is in support of this. Many studies also affirm this. Some studies have even connected gender identity to brain structure.
4. We change so many things about ourselves, many parts of our bodies and identities are dynamic so why does gender have to be different?
5. Some TERFs say transgender people don't exist because gender identity is unimportant or biological sex is more important this is wrong.
6. Many useful biological markers of sex can be changed and chromosomes can be inconsistent and don't do anything at all on the outside.
7. Many people think referring to others based on their gender identity is just the right thing to do.
8. As you can see above both gender identity and gender expression are more useful than biological sex. So which one is it? Well, it can be both in different contexts, this is ok because both allow for transgender people to exist. Even biological sex can do this too if you take into account hormone levels and genitals.
9. People will say that the question of what is gender should be easy and that biological sex is the best because it's simple. Even if we ignore the problems with biological sex above it's not that simple, biological sex has lots of gray areas. Rigorously defining anything especially an abstract concept is hard, just look at the problem of universals. A perfect answer is probably impossible. Pragmatically, gender identity is probably to easiest and best.
10. Some argue that this does not matter because it distracts from real issues. Limiting gender-affirming care will harm people regardless of gender metaphysics.
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https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/childrens-health/in-depth/children-and-genderidentity/art-20266811
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1521690X07000334
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6677266/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRQHZcU9ZqU
https://academic.oup.com/jcem/article/85/5/2034/2660626
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10508-016-0768-5
https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20032-transsexual-differences-caught-on-brain-scan/?ignored=irrelevant
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Transgender - Non Religious

There are only 2 genders

1. People have gender identities that are nonbinary and can people perform in a nonbinary way. Gender is not determined by biological sex so the only way forward is accepting non binary people.
2. Even if you say gender is caused by biological sex nonbinary people can still exist. Through surgery and HRT people can change important parts of their sex. For stuff like chromosomes see this.
3. Gender is a social construct making it much more nebulous than sex.
4. Sex is on a spectrum, some people can be more masculine than others and some people have a mix of sex characteristics. If sex is on a spectrum then gender could be a spectrum too. ------
Non Binary - Non Religious

Biological sex matters more than gender

1. A lot of TERFs say biological sex is more important than gender and a lot of their arguments hinge on this. This is wrong. Biological sex is almost never used in day-to-day life and does not determine how people treat you.
2. While biological sex might be important in a relationship or the doctor's office these are edge cases and still do not make biological sex more important than gender in day-to-day life.
3. Some TERFs say that gender being a social construct makes it unimportant. This is wrong many social constructs are important for example money is a social construct and people don't go around burning it.
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Transgender - Non Religious

Why can't I be a attack helicopter

1. This one is just silly, anyone seriously using this is a clown. A helicopter is a nonhuman object. Gender is something completely different. You can change your gender but you can't become a nonhuman object.
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Transgender - Non Religious

Why can't I be 60

1. This one is like the attack helicopter one but a bit more sensible though it's still wrong. Being 60 is chronological and can't be changed. Gender is not chronologic but depends on other factorss. Transgender people can't change what they were assigned as at birth just like how people can't change their chronological age.
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Transgender - Non Religious

LGBT+ people just want attention

1. Being LGBT+ has a very personal element. Coming out or talking about someone is just sharing information about themselves. Most people are not screaming about it.
2. LGBT+ people do want better representation and more rights but they are not asking for too much. Most humans want human rights and just because there is representation in the media does not mean the media is screaming about it every second.
3. Most people would not scream about being LGBT+ just for attention. This would make them much more open to hate.
4. There is just something uncomfortable about being in the closet for a lot of LGBT+ people and for transgender people who have to come out to make a transition.
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General - Non Religious

Same sex marriage redefine marriage

1. It does redefine marriage but this is not inherently bad. An opposite-sex marriage won't be affected by the same-sex marriage existing. The people being affected are the people in a same-sex marriage who are definitely happier.
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General - Non Religious

Kids are too young to know they are LGB+

1. Kids can know their sexuality from a young age. This can be in the form of childhood crushes which can manifest at a young age or sexual attraction (or lack of) during puberty.
2. A person knows themselves the best and some experience likely caused a kid to find who they are. By coming out this likely shows they have put some thought into their orientation.
3. No one tells kids that they are too young to be straight.
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https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/sexual-orientation.html
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Homosexuality - General - Non Religious

There is a "gay agenda"

1. The "gay agenda" is a derogatory word used to attack the LGBT+ rights movement. It says people are pushing for LGBT+ rights. This is true. Of course, humans what human rights. Check the rest of this website for why LGBT+ people deserve rights. "Gay agenda" is just a loaded/snarl word used to attack people who are fighting LGBT+ rights without coming up with real arguments.
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General - Non Religious

Same sex marriage harms children

We have written a longer article on this. Click here for more information on this topic.

1. There is no evidence that says same-sex marriage harms children. Some studies even find it's beneficial for kids.
2. Some people say that same-sex marriage is harmful because of the disconnect between the child and parent but if this is true then why can't this argument be used against opposite-sex families that adopt children? Adopting children is generally considered good so aren't same-sex parents doing Service to this world?
3. A real problem is that kids of same-sex parents might be attacked because of their parents being gay. The solution to this is to fight homophobia.
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https://sites.psu.edu/siowfa15/2015/10/19/effect-of-children-with-same-sex-marriage-parents/
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2012/03/gay-marriage-doesn-t-harm-children-but-the-facts-don-t-seem-to-matter.html
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Homosexuality - Non Religious

Inclusive language erases women

1. Inclusive language does not erase women. For example, saying a pregnant person does still includes women (women are people) but it also includes nonbinary people and transgender men. More inclusion is better so we should use inclusive language.
2. Transgender and nonbinary people need more representation. They are more oppressed than the average woman and more representation would defiantly be helpful.
3. Inclusive language is also helpful to cisgender people, saying pregnant person shows that not all women can get pregnant much more directly. 4. We are not advocating for the destruction of free speech. We just think inclusive language is better than gendered language and that it should be used more in appropriate settings. Inclusive language is also mainly used when addressing large amounts of people and is not used for cisgender people on an individual basis.
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Transgender - Non Religious

Rapid onset gender dysphoria

1. Rapid-onset gender dysphoria (ROGD) is a term used by transphobic people to attack transgender kids today. It sees being transgender as a social contagion spread by social media and through friend groups. A study on ROGD was published so let's look at it. First, the study only questions parents and not kids. This could lead to bias.
2. A problem with only questioning parents is that a parent may see their kid's dysphoria as rapid from the outside because the kid was in the closet.
3. Also the study gets its data from a survey posted on transphobic websites like Transgender Trend. Of course, if you ask for data from transphobic people the data is going to be transphobic.
4. The survey was posted on a pro-transgender site though this likely did not change the numbers that much. See sources for more info.
5. This study has been criticized by many organizations and is widely rejected. A statement from a ton of medical organizations discredits the term and calls for its removal from the medical world.
6. The study talks about how social media could cause kids to be transgender. It's likely the other way around when kids find out they could be transgender they will likely go online to learn more about it and to feel more excepted.
7. A better explanation for the higher amount of transgender kids is the increase of representation in the media and the normalization of being transgender (we still have a long way to go on normalization).
8. The study only accepts results if they thought their kid's dysphoria onset rapidly. The study has no control group.
9. Some claim the criticisms of the study are censorship. Of course, criticizing bad science is different from censorship. The site hosting the study never took the study down.
10. While A updated study was released it did not fix that much. It mainly put emphasis on how the data came from parents.
11. A survey question asked if the parents thought that transgender people should get equal rights are others. Most of the parents said yes. The thing is these parents did not think their kids were transgender. The parents would have thought transgender meant real transgender adults, not their kids. Also, equal rights may not have been interpreted as the right for kids to transition.
12. The study also misused the DSM to ask its questions.
13. This does not mean cases of RODG don't exist at all though they likely would be in a small minority because being transgender does seem to have biological causes.
14. We would recommend reading some of the formal responses as it's hard, to sum up, all the things wrong with ROGD and the study on it in the quick summaries we give.
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https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0202330
https://www.caaps.co/rogd-statement
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iGmAMPO3CA
https://www.florenceashley.com/uploads/1/2/4/4/124439164/ashley_a_critical_commentary_on_rapid-onset_gender_dysphoria.pdf
https://www.wpath.org/media/cms/Documents/Public%20Policies/2018/9_Sept/WPATH%20Position%20on%20Rapid-Onset%20Gender%20Dysphoria_9-4-2018.pdf
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Transgender - Non Religious

Using they/them is ungrammatical

1. They/them have been used in a singular way for hundreds of years.
2. Basically all dictionaries regard they/them as both plural and singular.
3. Words can have more than one definition.
4. People use they/them in everyday life to refer to people whose gender is unknown.
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https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/singular-nonbinary-they
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/they
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Non Binary - Non Religious

Their are too many labels

1. Gender and sexuality are on a spectrum so lots of labels are required to label parts of the spectrum.
2. Micro-labels can help people find out about themselves better.
3. If you don't like all the labels then don't use them.
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General - Non Religious

Lots of people de-transition

1. The regret after transitioning is very low. For gender-affirming surgeries the regret rate is about 1%.
2. Many regrets after transitioning will come from transphobia. The best solution is to fight transphobia.
3. See this section for more information.
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https://journals.lww.com/prsgo/fulltext/2021/03000/regret_after_gender_affirmation_surgery__a.22.aspx
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Transgender - Non Religious

Gay people don't exist

1. This is simply wrong. A vast amount of research has shown the existence of gay people.
2. Some people say gay people have a repressed attraction to the opposite sex this is also wrong and research backs this up.
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https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-the-kinsey-scale-5199426
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Homosexuality - Non Religious

People choose their sexuality

1. This is wrong. Homosexuality is determined by a mix of factors and is not a choice. A genome-wide association study was run by tens of thousands of people and a large number of genes were associated with homosexuality. Twin studies have also been run showing genetic correlation.
2. Sexuality having a biological does not mean sexuality can't be fluid or be influenced it just means people's "base" sexualities are set. For example, many people who identify as straight can still have some amount of same-sex attraction from time to time but they don't stop being heterosexual at their core. (perhaps this is a reason more people identify as LGBT+)
3. Even if being gay was a choice why would that matter, it's no one's business.
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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7082777
https://geneticsexbehavior.info
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Homosexuality - Non Religious

Leviticus 18:22 bans homosexuality

1. As this passage is a mosaic law it does not apply to Christians. See sources for more info.
2. If you accept this passage then you must accept similar passages like the one that bans the eating of shrimp (Leviticus 11:9-12) and a whole lot more.
3. Even if we do accept this passage it only outlaws gay sex not same-sex relationships.
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http://godhatesshrimp.com/about.php
https://www.hrc.org/resources/what-does-the-bible-say-about-homosexuality
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Homosexuality - Religious

Being LGBT+ is against god's plan

1. People don't choose being LGBT+ people are born LGBT+ (sexuality - gender). If god did not like LGBT+ he would not have given anyone those traits.
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General - Religious

Genesis 19 says homosexuality is a sin

1. The chapter is not about homosexuality. It's about rape and failing to show hospitality. The passage Genesis 19:5 says "They called to Lot, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them."" This is clearly about rape and not about consenting relationships.
2. The whole passage is meant to talk about showing hospitality to visitors.
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Homosexuality - Religious

Deuteronomy 22:5 ban transgender people from wearing gender affirming clothes

1. Masculine and feminine clothing has a loose definition. It varies from culture to culture and over time. Masculine and feminine clothing can be subjective too and views about it can vary from person to person.
2. This passage does not necessarily talk about biological sex it could be talking about gender identity too. After all biological sex does not souly determine gender.
3. This passage would probably not apply if it caused damage and not wearing gender-affirming clothing can cause damage to lots of transgender people because of dysphoria.
4. Read the article in the source for information on this passage.
5. Many passages are unethical or don't make sense by today's standards.
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https://www.genderspectrum.org/articles/faith-resources-clobber
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Transgender - Religious

Deuteronomy 23:1 bans gender affirming surgery

1. This passage is probably overridden if a surgery is necessary. Gender affirming surgery is often necessary and not getting it can be very harmful and lead to suicide. Gender dysphoria is no joke. Also conversion therapy does not work and can't be used as a treatment.
2. Isaiah 56:3-5 and Matthew 19:12 (also affirms intersex people) affirms eunuchs.
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https://www.genderspectrum.org/articles/faith-resources-clobber
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Transgender - Religious

Transgender people perpetuate gender stereotyping

1. This argument can be used against cisgender people too and anyone who conforms to gender roles. The only people who are safe from this argument are gender non-conforming and nonbinary people.
2. You could argue transgender people do more to break down gender stereotyping because of how they defy gender norms.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRQHZcU9ZqU
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Transgender - Non Religious

Biological sex is completely unchangeable

1. This is wrong many parts of biological sex are changeable from genitals to hormones. There is not one perfect signifier of biological sex that is useful, biological sex is better thought of as a collection of traits. This way of thinking is much more useful in a lot of cases and when thinking about gender.
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Transgender - Non Religious

Sex and gender is only your only your chromosomes

We have written a longer article on this. Click here for more information on this topic.

1. After people point out that many biological markers are changeable TERFs fall back to less changeable things. The thing is these things don't matter and by medically transitioning you are removing their importance. They are also invisible to everyone and only relatively recently discovered. Gender existed before then.
2. Chromosomes can be inconsistent.
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https://youtu.be/zRQHZcU9ZqU
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Transgender - Non Religious

People are defined by their AGAB

1. TERFs often say biological sex is more important than gender, but even after people many all meaningful parts of their biological sex TERFs still don't accept that. This shows that some TERFs don't believe in biological sex but believe in AGAB (they don't say this of course or are in denial). This is crazy, TERFs say that they are grounded in reality but AGAB is not reality it's in the past.
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https://youtu.be/zRQHZcU9ZqU
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Transgender - Non Religious

Romans 1:27 says homosexuality is unnatural

1. I'm not as confident writing about bible passages and this one is a bit more complex than the other ones. For information on this verse please read to sources in the description. I might try to write someone on this later. I will still copy some of the affirming interpretations below.

2. "Human sexuality researchers and others who have studied the nature of sexual orientation might reject Paul's belief that homosexuality is beyond the normal. Many religious liberals reject Paul's condemnation of homosexual behavior, particularly when Paul's support for the oppression of women, and his acceptance of slavery as a normal social practice in (Philemon 1:15 to 16) are considered. They might feel that this passage in 1 Romans should be rejected as immoral and outside the will of God, much as other biblical passages are immoral by today's ethical standards and should be ignored including those passages that regulated human slavery, required some hookers to be burned alive, advocated genocide, required victims of rape to marry their rapist, allowed the torture of prisoners, and required the execution of non-virgin brides."

3. "Paul didn't write it as a condemnation of homosexuality, but as a criticism of Greek behavior in temple worship. Greeks often incorporated sexual behavior in temple worship." - J. Nelson

4. "The complete passage describes how a group of Christians left the church, converted to Paganism, and engaged in orgiastic, presumably heterosexual sexual activities. This type of behavior was common among Pagan fertility religions in Rome during Paul's time. Paul writes that, later, God "gave them over" to something new: homosexual behavior. This implies that they had a heterosexual orientation and had engaged only in heterosexual sex throughout their lifetime. God influenced them in some way to engage in homosexual orgies. This was, for them, an unnatural, and thus sinful, activity. Paul criticized them because they were engaged in sexual activity which was unnatural for them. For a person with a heterosexual orientation, homosexual behavior is "shameful," "unnatural," "indecent," and a "perversion." The passage in Romans is not a condemnation of homosexual behavior. Rather, it disapproves of sexual behavior that is against a person's basic nature (i.e. homosexual behaviors by people whose orientation is heterosexual)." - Dr. Swiney

5. "Some question whether the word "perversion" in Verse 27, and "such things" in Verse 30 are related to only certain types of gay and lesbian behavior. e.g.: Homosexual orgies, or Group same-gender sexual practices in a religious setting. This was a common practice among Pagans at the time; e.g. in the temples dedicated to the Goddess Aphrodite. Casual homosexual activities outside of a committed, monogamous two person relationship, or Homosexual molestation between a man and a child. In Paul's day, the child victim was often a slave. These probably were the only forms of same-sex activity that Paul was familiar with. Paul may well have not been thinking of gays and lesbians in committed relationships when he wrote this passage. He never referred to such couples in his writings, and may well have never encountered any during his lifetime. He might simply have been condemning homosexual orgies and other sexual activities outside of a monogamous same-sex relationship."

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http://www.religioustolerance.org/hom_bibc5.htm
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Homosexuality - Religious

1 Corinthians 6:9 and 1 Timothy 1:9-10 bans homosexuality

1. Many other bible passages are considered immoral today and are disregarded.
2. Many translations go with men who have sex with male prostitutes or men who engage in adultery. These would not apply to loving and consenting same-sex relationships.
3. As I'm not as confident writing about bible passages please check out some of the sources in the description for more information.
4. When these sections were made homosexuality was almost always in the context of rape, not consenting relationships.
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http://www.bibleandhomosexuality.org/what-does-the-bible-say-about-homosexuality/
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http://www.godhatesshrimp.com/about.php
http://www.religioustolerance.org/imm_bibl.htm
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Homosexuality - Religious

LGBT+ get "special treatment"

1. No we don't we are asking for equality. There are many counties where being LGBT+ is illegal.
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General - Non Religious

TERF is a slur

1. TERF is used when a feminist is being trans-exclusionary. It's used when someone actually someone fits the definition.
2. TERF does have a negative connotation but that is because being trans-exclusionary is negative. If you want to know why to check out the transgender page of arguments.
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Transgender - Non Religious

Women/Gay people become transgender to escape sexism/homophobia

1. Why would someone move from an oppressed group into an even more oppressed group? Being transgender can be dangerous.
2. Transitioning takes a lot of effort and a lot of time. It is very challenging. People don't do it for comparatively small reasons.
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Transgender - Non Religious

Anti discrimination laws attack religious freedom

1. Anti-discrimination protect people of color and almost no one is complaining about that. Protecting LGBT+ people is a logical next step as LGBT+ people can't choose their attributes too.
2. Discrimination against people is different from religious freedom. Discrimination is actually harmful while religious freedom is not.
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General - Religious

Transgender people choose to be trans

1. Transgender kids can know their gender from a very young age.
2. Studies have found that the brains of transgender people more resemble the brains of people of the opposite gender. A study has also found a genetic link. This suggests gender identity has a basis in biology. There is definitely a psychological basis too we just need more research.
3. Rapid onset gender dysphoria is baseless debunked.
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https://academic.oup.com/jcem/article/104/2/390/5104458 https://academic.oup.com/jcem/article/85/5/2034/2660626
https://dx.doi.org/10.1007%2Fs10508-016-0768-5
https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20032-transsexual-differences-caught-on-brain-scan/?ignored=irrelevant
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Transgender - Non Religious

Same sex marriage attacks religious freedom

1. A same-sex marriage is a consenting relationship between 2 people and does not affect religious people at all.
2. For discrimination in general see this argument.
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Homosexuality - Religious

Asexuality does not exist / is not valid

1. Research has shown asexuality is a valid orientation and asexuals don't experience sexual attraction.
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http://www.asexualexplorations.net/home/extantresearch.html
https://www.asexuality.org/?q=overview.html
https://kinseyinstitute.org/research/publications/kinsey-scale.php
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Other - Non Religious

Kids are too young to know they are transgender

1. Transgender kids can know their gender from a very young age before knowing what transgender means.
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https://www.hrc.org/resources/transgender-children-and-youth-understanding-the-basics
https://www.chop.edu/news/health-tip/when-do-children-develop-their-gender-identity
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Transgender - Non Religious

Marriage is a holy Christian union

1. Marriage is not A exclusively Christian thing marriage spans many cultures and was around before Christianity.
2. Marriage can also be civil. Even if you don't support religious same-sex marriage you can support civil same-sex marriage.
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https://www.huffpost.com/entry/if-not-gods-authority-who_b_8090588
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Homosexuality - Religious

Bisexual people are confused

1. Research shows bisexuality is a valid orientation. There is no reason you can't be attracted to more than 1 gender.
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https://kinseyinstitute.org/research/publications/kinsey-scale.php
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Other - Non Religious

Transgender people have autogynephilia

1. The autogynephilia theory does not line up with what transgender people say. For this theory to be true most transgender people must be lying and with the transgender community having hundreds of thousands of members this is inconceivable. Claiming that all transgender people are lying also makes the theory unfalsifiable by making it impossible to get counterevidence which is very problematic.
2. Transition is a long, hard, and expensive process it seems very unlikely that anyone would go through it just because of autogynephilia.
3. We are not saying no one has autogynephilia there are certainly one-off cases. The problem is autogynephilia has not been seen on a wide scale.
4. The medical community agrees that autogynephilia is mostly fake. See the sources for more information on problems with autogynephilia and academic responses to it.
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http://juliaserano.blogspot.com/2015/07/the-real-autogynephilia-deniers.html
https://www.juliaserano.com/av/Serano-CaseAgainstAutogynephilia.pdf
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/00918369.2010.486241
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Transgender - Non Religious

Pronouns refer to biology

1. Pronouns refer to gender. This is how they are used most often. When people use pronouns they generally go on looks or on people's preferences. Biology is not used often. If we define a word by how people use it pronouns refer to gender.
2. Gender is changeable in most contexts so if pronouns refer to gender which they do you the most accurate thing is to respect them.
3. Using the right pronouns is easy and using the wrong ones is damaging.
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Transgender - Non Religious

Transgender people hurt the military

1. Research shows that transgender people serving in the military does not hurt its effectiveness.
2. Transgender people serving does not cost the military that much. In the US transition-related healthcare is estimated to take up 0.04% to 0.13% of military healthcare expenditures.
3. Transgender people being banned from the military would hurt it by removing people who could strengthen it.
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https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1530.html
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Transgender - Non Religious

There are more important problems in the world to work on than LGBT+ rights

1. Just because there are bigger problems does not mean relatively smaller problems should not be focused on. If we spend all our money on the world's biggest problem the world would be a mess.
2. By this logic anti LGBT+ people should not be working on taking away LGBT+ rights because there are bigger problems in the world.
3. Some people are better at working on certain problems like LGBT+ rights so would make the world better by working on those.
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General - Non Religious

Kids are rushed into transition

1. Kids can't get hormones and surgery at a young age unless in an exceptional circumstance. Generally, hormones are given at 16 and surgery at 18.
2. The only treatment given at a young age is puberty blockers which are mostly reversible.
3. Kids have to go through exams before getting treatment and are overseen by experts so it's hard to say they are rushed.
4. Because questioning, coming out, and seeking treatment can take a long time kids will have a better sense of what they are.
5. Detransition rates are low.
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https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24315505/
https://www.endocrine.org/clinical-practice-guidelines/gender-dysphoria-gender-incongruence#2
https://www.wpath.org/media/cms/Documents/Web%20Transfer/SOC/Standards%20of%20Care%20V7%20-%202011%20WPATH.pdf
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gender-dysphoria/in-depth/pubertal-blockers/art-20459075
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Transgender - Non Religious

Gay people molest child more than others

1. Research shows gay people don't molest children at higher rates.
2. A lot of research that claims to show otherwise has been debunked.
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https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2011/10-anti-gay-myths-debunked
https://lgbpsychology.org/html/facts_molestation.html
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Transgender - Non Religious

Conversion therapy works and/or does not harm people

1. Conversion therapy in the context of sexual orientation has been proven to be ineffective. While they said data is somewhat lacking a review from a medical organization found conversion therapy to be ineffective. These results were backed up by a meta-study that analyzed 13 different studies, 12 of the 13 said conversion therapy was ineffective. The 1 study that claimed conversion therapy worked was run on a purely religious sample which could lead to bias such as people repressing feelings or being in denial and it only found the practice was effective in a minority of the participants.
2. While there is less research on the effectiveness of transgender conversion therapy, it's generally regarded as not effective.
3. Conversion therapy is extremely harmful, many studies have found that conversion therapy causes effects like increased suicide rates, depression, and anxiety.
4. Most major medical organizations have condemned conversion therapy and called for a ban.
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https://www.apa.org/pi/lgbt/resources/therapeutic-response.pdf
https://whatweknow.inequality.cornell.edu/topics/lgbt-equality/what-does-the-scholarly-research-say-about-whether-conversion-therapy-can-alter-sexual-orientation-without-causing-harm/
https://www.wpath.org/media/cms/Documents/SOC%20v7/SOC%20V7_English.pdf
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/fullarticle/2789415
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32437277/
https://www.lambdalegal.org/publications/health-and-med-orgs-stmts-on-sex-orientation-and-gender-identity
http://assets2.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/National_Orgs_Letter_in_Support_of_Legislative_Efforts_to_End_Conversion_Therapy.pdf

General - Non Religious

Schools should out LGBT+ students in the name of parental rights

1. Only 37% of LGBT+ youth said their home was affirming, low support from parents leads to worse mental health, and LGBT+ youth are disproportionately homeless. Outing kids to parents would make these bad problems much worse.
2. Outing a kid to a parent violates the kid's privacy.
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https://www.hrc.org/news/new-report-on-youth-homeless-affirms-that-lgbtq-youth-disproportionately-ex
https://www.thetrevorproject.org/survey-2022/

General - Non Religious